Portland's Voodoo Doughnuts Inspire Gourmet Doughnuts Trend

Gourmet Doughnuts | Brian Murphy for FoodableTV

Gourmet Doughnuts | Brian Murphy for FoodableTV

By Brian Murphy, Foodable Contributor

Portland, OR helped lead the way when it comes to out-of-the-ordinary doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland started out small and opened during non-traditional "doughnut buying" time, opening late nights, and being closed Sunday mornings for years. Their offerings ranged from rolling the doughnuts in cereal after glazing to the incredible "Memphis Mafia" fritter, a decadent, fritter-style doughnut with banana chunks and cinnamon, chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chips. Inventive, edgy, and sometimes profane, Voodoo Doughnuts created a word-of-mouth following that now requires them to have a theme park-esque queue where patrons willingly wait a long time to try the legendary fried dough covered with sweet glazes and sweeter or sometimes savory toppings (Bacon Maple Bar.) Voodoo doughnut boxes can be seen in and around public trash cans blocks away from their location. People take them to go, but they just can't make it very far.

Learn more about the nationwide gourmet doughnut trend here